I think Annie has never been my fave -- I used to hate the comic strip because NO ONE HAD EYES, I thought I might kill the next person to sing "The Sun'll Come Out" when it was popular, and the last movie musical of it put my teeth on edge. But this looks like the most insufferable version of all. Even Jamie Foxx cannot save it, I suspect.
But you know, TPS, kid movies do well regardless of whether they are good. Because, you know, kid movie.
I'm biased against it.
Simple. Between 1981 and 1984, I played three different arrangements of the musical for various bands and orchestras. I can't tell you how many times I've played each in rehearsal, but I got sick of it real fast.
When I went to college, there was a guy on my hall named Ben whose dad, it turns out, wrote the music for the show. I never said it to him (Ben was a nice guy), but in my head I thought about how the groups I played with helped pay for his education.
Flash forward a couple decades and my daughter has firmly entered her "musical phase". My folks got her a copy of Annie. Now everyone else in the house is sick of it too.
So now you're telling me that there's a new vector to expand the saturation?